We put 8 Buffalo celebs through Google's facial-recognition app

Posted January 17, 2018

The Arts and Culture app was originally created to promote pieces of art and culture in the course of virtual tours round the world's most famed fine art museums, the Guggenheim Museum in Spain's Bilbao and the Dutch Rijksmuseum just to name a few. Discover collections curated by experts from the most famous museums.

The phenomenon, which will probably dissolve as quickly as it appeared, climbed the ranks and was listed as the top trending app in Apple's App Store Monday morning. However, Google has restricted the feature to some locations.

When I first opened the app, I didn't really know what to do or where to go.

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Explaining why the app is not available outside the app, a Google spokesperson told The Sun, "This is an experiment that's only available in parts of the USA right now, but we're glad people are having so much fun matching their selfies to works of art".

Google's machine learning-powered image recognition tech is pretty powerful, and now it can be put to use to find your likeness within works of fine art. "Google is not using these selfies for anything other than art matches", Patrick Lenihan, a company spokesman, said.

Art and apps aren't always mentioned in the same sentence, but that's all changed with the emergence of the new feature. People have also tested out the app using their dogs and pictures of celebrities and President Donald Trump. We're hopeful this Google is just refining this experiment before it launches across the country - but the fine art selfie craze could be over before everyone has access. Click on Get Started and then select I Accept. Users will have to give this app access to the front camera in order to allow the selfies. Google has partnered with museums across the world for this app. The results are not always great, matching around 53 percent or less at times, but they are nearly instantaneous.